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Colorado Medical Marijuana

Colorado Medical Marijuana

On November 07, 2000, 54% of voters approved Ballot Amendment 20, which removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients possessing a written recommendation from their certified physician advising that he or she may “benefit from the medical use of marijuana”.
Patients possessing this documentation, may argue the “Affirmative defense of medical necessity”.


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Registry
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2184

Website: Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) website lists the licensed Medical Marijuana Centers (dispensary and caregiver retail operations), “from which Medical Marijuana Registry patients purchase Medical Marijuana and Medical Marijuana infused products.” The MED, “is responsible for he regulation of both the Medical and Retail Marijuana Industries, each of which have separate and distinct statute and rules under which they operate.”
Medical Marijuana Licensing Information” [Accessed March 01, 2016] 

Licensing Information” [Accessed March 01, 2016]

The Colorado Patient Registry application fee, is $15. The Colorado Marijuana Registry is mandatory.

The State of Colorado has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Colorado Medical Marijuana Red Card, permitting the patient to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Colorado state guidelines. 

Since the Colorado medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Colorado medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Colorado medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Colorado medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Colorado’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Colorado.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Colorado’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions you can visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.


On June 07, 2010, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109, into law:

House Bill 1284 provides a regulatory framework for dispensaries, including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of these establishments.

Senate Bill 109 will help prevent fraud and abuse, ensuring that physicians who authorize medical marijuana for their patients actually perform a physical exam, do not have a DEA flag on their medical license and do not have a financial relationship with a dispensary.”


A patient or a primary caregiver who has been issued a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card, may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana. A patient may not have more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana. Patients who do not join the registry, or possess greater amounts of marijuana than allowed by law, may argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity”, if arrested on marijuana charges.


Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Colorado in our definitive guide of Colorado’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Colorado’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.


Read Colorado’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Colorado’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Colorado’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Colorado’s laws for his knowledge.


Find out how to obtain a{n} Colorado Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Colorado’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Colorado’s requirements.


Our list of Colorado Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in Colorado’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.